To Fear The Light
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I first read this in February 1997.
Adele de Montgarde is the astrophysicist who initiated the project to
rekindle Earth's dying Sun. She's hibernated in frozen sleep for the
past two hundred and has now awoken to see the culmination of her work.
The Sun project appears to be developing nicely, but over the past few
years there have been some other problems. A dangerous alien-hating
demagogue named Jephthath has stirred up anti-alien hatred across the
Empire. Since the only currently-known alien race are the Sarpan, and
Adele is rather fond of them, this is good neither for her nor the Sun
project, nor the indeed the Empire, which considers Sarpan allies.
This is a sequel to "To Save The Sun". Rather luckily, I think,
I read this sequel first and therefore have no need to read the earlier
book. Had I started with "To Save The Sun" I might have ended up buying
and reading "To Fear The Light", which would, in my view, have been a
It rolls along in a largely-trivial way, it's got a potentially exciting
plot and at the beginning I thought I could put up with the writing.
When will I learn? Probably never. For years I've bought Bova's books
as emergency reading when other books are in short supply. On the other
hand, Bova's writing really is improving - I enjoyed one or two of them
(something about Mars, I think, I'll have to check my reviews).
What's it got? Well, wormhole faster-than-light travel, aliens
sprouting from the woodwork by the dozen, largely friendly.
Loaded on the 10th December 2001.